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Platinum Fashion Mall
When it comes to shopping in Bangkok, the popular Platinum Fashion Mall tops the list for small outlets selling wholesale items mostly connected to women’s fashion and accessories and lots more. This mall has a lot to offer to start from some attractive items in kids and teens wear, belts, shoes, cosmetics, hats, etc. Additionally, you will get exclusive imported items from Japan, Korea, HongKong, and India. Items like oversized attires, exclusive chiffon dresses, costumes, and other items are also available in this mall.
Location: Phetchaburi Road, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand.
Timing: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00 to 20:00
Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday: 08:00 to 20:00
Terminal 21 Bangkok
Located on Sukhumvit Road, Terminal 21 is a great destination for shopping in Bangkok. It is a huge complex which is divided into two, Retail area and the Hotel & Residence. However, it is more popular because of its retail zone. Every level of the retail area is based on a country theme which makes it quite interesting. Moreover, the products sold here are reasonably priced and you will get unique brand products starting from just 200 Baht.
Location: Sukhumvit Road (Between Soi 19 and Soi 21), Bangkok, Thailand
Timing: 10:00 to 22:00
As a Bangkok shopping mall, Central Embassy is one of the most luxurious. It boasts of its extensive collection of fine dining restaurants, defined designer stores, extravagant cinema screens, and the Grand Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel. An 18 billion baht project, it stands as one of the world’s leading shopping destinations. Chidlom BTS or Ploenchit Skytrain stations can be used to directly access Central Embassy Bangkok. It has got all the luxurious designers like Gucci, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Michael Kors, and Paul Smith. The food court boasts of its variety of dishes including, French and Thai dishes.
Location: Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330.
Timings: 10:00 to 22:00
You will be surprised by the sheer size of the mall. It is one of the largest malls in the world and the biggest in Bangkok. As one of the main places to visit in Bangkok for shopping it offers you an exciting experience. No matter what it is you want, it provides you with everything starting from imported groceries and book shops, to funky fashion and high-tech gadgets.
Not just that, a line up of banks and beauty salons make this place quite a busy place for shopping in Bangkok at times. It also boasts of its gourmet eateries where you can find almost any dish to your taste. It can be said that if you are in search of a one-stop shopping fix in Bangkok, Central World can be just right for you.
Location: Ratchaprasong Intersection, opposite Erawan and Gaysorn
Timing: 10:00 to 22:00
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
It is one of the most popular floating markets for shopping in Bangkok. It is a great place if you want to click some photos. Not only that, but the food you get here is quite delicious and includes mostly Thai dishes like soups and dumplings. The market in the waters gives you a future insight into a different era of life that has passed by. Starting early in the morning can help you catch the floating Damnoen Saduak at its peak hours. Most of the visitors who come to Bangkok have it on their checklist. It can give you an exciting morning outside the city and can also allow you to feel the real essence of the place.
Location: Ratchaburi province, crossing of Mae Kong river with Tha Chin river.
Timings: 07:00 to 17:00
Koh Kret Island Floating Market
Less than an hour away from downtown Bangkok, this place feels completely different. It makes you feel close to nature. Here you can shop amidst the waters and the woods. This place is famous for its collection of orchids. Not only that the dumplings and other food items you get over here are quite to the taste of any individual. The true essence of the land can be felt here. Although the floating market here stays quite busy, this place is worth a visit.
Location: Koh Kret island, Bangkok
Timing: 07:00 to 17:00
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market
If you are looking for a floating market to visit in Thailand, Bang Khu Wang floating market may be just the right place for you to visit. It should be one of the prime choices for a floating market. In this market, every morning, the monks come by boats on their daily alms round or ‘tak baat’. They are offered with a diversity of fresh farm produce in the process. Taste an array of sumptuous and lip-smacking local foods, delicious sweets and some exotic fruits like huge Jackfruits. Do not forget to taste the popular Fak Kao which is a spiky fruit that resembles just like an orange.
Location: Bank of Noi-Khlong Om River.
Timings: 16:00 to 19:00
Chatuchak Market: Open only on weekends, Chatuchak market is one of the ultimate shopping places in Bangkok and is a concoction of varieties. Call for anything, clothes, souvenirs, artificial jewelry, antiques, handicrafts, books or plants; you have landed at the right place. Food is ready here with abundance and most importantly, bargain it all easy!
Timings: Saturday and Sunday; 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM
Location: Near to Mo Chit station, reach here by taking skytrain
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane market: Feel like a wonderland as the old plane is settled in the middle and shopping can be done in the lanes around. Also famous as the best night market, you can shop your favorites in pocket-friendly prices. Also, attend the entertainment shows that take place almost every day. Eat the delicacies and don’t forget to click the aura!
Timings: 5.00 PM to 11.00 PM
Location: 462 Sirindhorn Rd, on the western outskirts of Bangkok
Asiatique: A mall and night bazaar blend is right here at Asiatique. Browse through boutiques, restaurants, entertainment, puppet performance, plants; all this in riverfront! Walk through these stalls and pick your favorites, where you can also find a replica of your favorite brands very easy.
Timing: 5.00 PM to midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
MBK centre: A legendary mall in itself, all the eight floors are packed with your requirements. Clothes, handbags, furniture, luggage, mobile phones, accessories are all here. Get exciting discounts almost all through the year and you will love to say a good chunk of money even in a mall. If bored with shopping, go for movies, art museum or relish the cuisine at in-house restaurants.
Location: Pathumwan intersection
Timing: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM
Pratunam: Well-known for wholesale items, meet fashion very close here. This place is indeed best for comparing prices, bargaining them and pick the best piece amidst all. Along with street spaces, Pratunam fashion mall and Pantip plaza are present, make yourselves comfortable!
Location: Phetchaburi road, Bangkok
Timing: 10.00 AM-11.00 PM
What is there you cannot buy here! Smile, because you are in heaven and shop clothes, accessories, antiques, handicrafts, pottery, souvenirs, food, flowers, and anything else that clicks your mind at the moment. With an abundance of local to international brands, your list of shopping plan is sorted. Coming to what you must take back home, easy to make Thai food packs, souvenirs, and accessories top the list.
There are many things which come to mind when shopping in Bangkok is considered. If you are thinking about what are the things you can give a shot at buying when in Bangkok, here is a guide.
Traditional Thai items
The traditional Thai items are simply the must-haves if you visit Bangkok, the famous Thai indigo products, Thai silk, Thai soaps, spa and aroma products, beautiful Thai sopa ornaments are a must-have. Also, do not miss out on the intricate home decor items like fairy lights available in different colors and shapes of flowers, angry birds. Other than that there are many artifacts that can attract your attention. Starting from showpieces to utilities, you will get everything in the markets here.
Jewelry is another popular thing to buy in Bangkok. It can be quite a purchase if you have the right budget. Starting from cheap and affordable jewelry to expensive and rare collections, you will get everything here. Sapphires and rubies are quite popular in the city. One of the reasons is that Thailand mines these gems. It can, therefore, be an excellent decision to go for jewelry shopping
Bangkok is known for its fashion trends. A trip to Bangkok can be incomplete without any shopping for designer clothes. You can get anything you want here depending on your choice. From affordable clothing to luxurious brands everything is available here.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada: Located on Ratchada road, there are 1800 stalls along with stay options that will make your travel itinerary amazing. This open-air shopping street has a plethora of tees, shoes, fashion jewelry, wood carvings, souvenirs, and more. Enjoy eating classic Thai dishes and seafood at the same time.
Location: Ratchada-Lad Prao Intersection
Timing: 4.00 PM - 12.00 AM
Rod Fai Market: Incredible collection of vintage items like antique, furniture, hippy fashion to chandeliers; everything is here! Visit the coolest cafes here and have a fun time with friends or family. The whole market glitters like gold when you walk in here and shop for the best of the items.
Location: near Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station
Timing: 5.00 PM to 1.00 AM; Thursday to Sunday
Chinatown Market: This market is all about the blend of Thai and China where one can find not just things to buy but also temples, medicinal shops, and food to relish. Go for colorful textiles, shoes, accessories, household items, and all which you can flea faraway! Indeed, one of the most distinct shopping places in Bangkok.
Location: Yaowarat river
JJ Green market: Also known as Siam gypsy market, this market has a perfect Bohemian vibe in terms of its dresses, shoes, scarves, harem pants. Moreover, you also get to enjoy local drinks as well as delicious cuisines while bargaining things out.
Location: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Timing: Thursday to Sunday; 5.00 PM-2.00 AM
Patpong night market: A must shopping space for lovers of dawn! The place is almost busy all through the night with awesome bars nearby. Bargain hard and grab most awesome things from here. Do remember to check the authenticity of your products before handing over money.
Location: Near BTS Siam station
Timing: 6.00 PM - 1.00 AM
Bangkok is quite well known for its wide range of shopping diversity. There are many flea markets and street walk markets, where you get the freedom to haggle and get the best prices. No matter what it is, you can buy anything here. But that is not all, there are many extravagant shopping malls as well where shopping can get a little more expensive.
The following are some of the places which remain open 24 X 7 in Bangkok.
Talk about that, Street shopping mall in Ratchada tops the list of the 24x7 market. From shopping to dining to entertainment, all are under one roof. Apart from that, the streets of Pratunam winds are one of the best places to cover endless shopping experience. Usually, most of the other markets open early in the morning and close late at night, so even if you wish to take rest in between and grab them at their opening time, these markets welcome you with open arms.
We would say, there are many! Hop for Chatuchak market as you scroll down the list and buy anything at bargained prices. Chang chui plane night market, JJ Greens, Khaosan, Khlong Lod, Khlong markets are some others where you can buy more than required, even when money is less! Food shops are abundant and best can be explored with floating markets as well.
Given below is a list of the cheapest markets in Bangkok
This place can provide you with the latest trends in clothing at the lowest prices. You can get the best bargains here on shoes, clothes and other accessories. Sometimes, the outer area may get a bit too hot to walk around but that’s not a problem. This Bangkok shopping area remains open 24X7 and you can visit anytime in the day you want.
When it comes to discounted garments, the Boebae market is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok, for shopping. Near the Yotse Bridge, it is located on the Krung Kasem road. It is 10 minutes away from the national stadium and is a paradise for textile and clothes shopping. Not only that, they have a very good collection of jewelry as well.
If you are looking for the best food markets in Bangkok to suit your tastes, the following are some places you might want to check out.
Authentic food market
This place is famous for its authentic Thai cuisine. Many of the dishes which you will find in Bangkok have their origin here. This is a huge market and you can easily spend an entire morning walking around the aisles. The tradition and ethnic style of the market is what draws the crowd. Whatever the case, this place will not disappoint your taste.
Local foodies paradise
Located across the Chao Phraya River, Local Foodies Paradise is one of the best markets in Bangkok, when food is considered. Another great experience here is the journey by the riverboat. This market has many delicious and affordable street food and restaurants down the alley which take up the available open spaces.
Taling Chan market like other floating markets is situated at the borders of the city. To visit this place you need to travel by the rustic buses which can add to your experience. In case the bus ride is not for you, you can grab a car for a good ride. Here you will find a few boats where authentic Thai dishes and Chinese preparations like noodles and dumplings, are being served.
Floating markets like Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak are famous and appreciably best for food items like farm fresh fruits, coconut water, Thai food like noodles, and more. With this, Chinatown has another addition where Thai, as well as chinese food, could also be tasted as you shop your favorite items.
Shop your heart out with MBK center, Amarin plaza, Asiatique, All seasons place, Central Chidlom, Embassy shopping mall and Central plaza Pinklao. They all are rigged with not only basic amenities but with luxury, style, and entertainment. From basic shops to thick brands, lavish food to presence ofboutique stays, Bangkok malls have a perfect blend or all.
It is one of the most popular shopping malls in Bangkok. This place is famous for the collection of high-end fashion brands and a 16 screen Cineplex. Not only that, but a comprehensive selection of world-class cuisine makes this place a must-visit for any individual. This is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok for shopping.
Timings: 10:00 to 22:00
This place offers the most leisurely and pleasant shopping experience compared to any of the other malls in Bangkok. This is mostly due to the classic concept of how the items are presented on display. This is one of the best experiences when considering shopping in Bangkok.
Timings: 10:00 to 22:00
Fortune Town IT Mall
This mall is known for its wide collection of electronic items. It is a four-story mall located outside the Rama 9 station. This place is known for providing the best and latest technology items. Not only that, but they also provide, parts and repairs here which makes this one of the best shopping places in Bangkok when it comes to electronics and technology.
Timings: 10:00 to 20:00
Icon Siam Shopping Mall
Popularly known as the “Mother of All Malls” here you can get casual clothing brands of H&M, Uniqlo, few Thai designer outlets as well as international haute couture. Additionally, you will get high-end fashion brands and premium boutiques of Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes.
Timings: 10:00 to 22:00
Owned by Central group, this place is a highly popular Bangkok shopping mall. It is quite smaller compared to the other shopping centers but features a multitude of brands and also provides you with some of the best places to eat.
Timings: 10:30 to 21:00
The re-launch of this Bangkok shopping mall in the year 2013 in January brought about an entirely different kind of shopping experience to Siam. There are around 200 Thai and international brands which makes it one of the best shopping placesand also includes a lot of local designer clothing which can get your attention.
Timings: 10:00 to 22:00
This has gained a kind of legendary status since the place deals in both new and existing computer accessories. They are occupying a featureless building on the Petchaburi road. This mall can be called the mother of all IT shops in Bangkok and is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok for shopping when it comes to technology.
Timing: 10:00 to 21:00
Asiatique the Riverside
It is not just a mall. It has combined two of the most popular experiences in shopping. It is also a night market apart from being a mall. There are around 40 restaurants and 1500 boutiques which are present under a large replica warehouse complex. It can be one of the prime places to visit in Bangkok for shopping.
Timing: 17:00 – midnight
As Bangkok city has a tinge of western, Thai as well as Chinese markets, the shopping becomes exciting by itself. The choice is meant to spoil you, whether you buy clothes, accessories, souvenirs or anything else your mind clicks. Go for everyday markets, weekend thrift markets, floating markets or even malls, your requirement may fall short but not the items you are going to find here.
The following are some of the best street markets in Bangkok.
Chatuchak weekend market
It is the biggest market in Thailand. You can find different clothes, knick-knacks, accessories, antiques, and household items. Not only that, but this place is also famous for the wide diversity of Thai handicrafts it provides. The best time for visiting the market is around 9 pm. It is when the market is at its liveliest. This is one of the best shopping places in Bangkok.
Phat Phong Night Market
Here you will find attractive tees, first copy handbags of Louis Vuitton and Rolex, some fun and quirky merchandise from the brand Lacoste, etc. Also, hands down to the various fashion accessories, and pirated music compilations and DVDs and lots more.
Khlong Toei market
It is situated in the remote areas of the concrete jungle of Bangkok; the Khlong Toey Market has a life of its own. This market is one of the most talked-about shopping places in Bangkok popular due to its low prices of raw meat, the fresh farm produces as well as seafood. Some of the other delicacies of this market are Thai curries and other food items.
Amphawa floating market
It is the second biggest floating market which is located in Thailand after Damnoen Saduak. It is located at around half of the distance from the city. The city market begins early however, it starts to get lively in the afternoon.
Rot Fai Market, Srinakarin
This place is famous for its beautiful lighting and humongous size. It is one of the favorite night markets in Bangkok. This is situated in the suburbs of the eastern region and is split into 3 different sections namely, food, collectibles, and fashion clothing. It is one of the best shopping places in Bangkok when it comes to shopping at night.
Timing: 17:00 to 01:00
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market
The Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market is one of the creative night markets of Bangkok. You will enjoy a huge variation in shopping as well as dining, along with a little mix of modern art pieces incorporated with eco-friendly scrap materials.
Timing: 11:00 to 23:00
JJ Green Night Market
It can be defined as a hybrid of a flea market and a local drinking hangout. This market acts as a great night out place for tourists even if you are not interested in shopping and are just hanging out. With its 15,000 stalls for different clothing and artifacts, topped by its drinking stalls, this place is quite popular among the university students. It is a great place for street shopping in Bangkok.
Timings: 17:00 to 02:00
Patpong Night Market
The Patpong is famous for selling pirated DVDs of blockbuster movies and music compositions, exclusive Louis Vuitton bags, quirky merchandise from the popular brand Lacoste. You can find many shops selling fashionable sunglasses, watches, etc. The night market is popular for selling carved shops, which is an exclusive yet simple handmade souvenir.
Timing: 18:00 to 01:00
Saphan phut night market
This market is located in the district of Phra Nakorn. Being full of ferry boats in the morning, this place can be taken as a symbol of Bankokian commuters. This place has various fashionable clothes, both new ones and different traditional ones to buy. Furthermore, for art lovers, there are artists who can have a portrait made of you. This can, therefore, be one of the best places for street shopping in Bangkok.
Timing: 17:00 to 01:00
Of course, yes! Not one but many! Happy? See the glittering lights right under the moonlight with Rot Fai market, Asiatique, Chang Chui plane market, JJ Green and Patpong. These markets are perfect is you wish to enjoy your left over night timing in shopping and collecting the souvenirs, dresses, and accessories. Moreover, get to taste local food as well as shake your feet with music performances around.
Downtown Bangkok has the largest number of shopping malls including Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery. The shopping malls present here are some of the largest in the world. They offer a large collection of fashionable clothes and other items. Not only that but also restaurants like Chill Thai and Peppery Thai Bistro make it worth the time to visit this place. Accompanied by the large collection of luxury stores this place is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok for shopping.
If you are in Bangkok for a trip, you would definitely want to get something home for your friends and family. Given below are some things which you can bring home for your loved ones.
It was made famous by Jin Thompson. His legacy can be found in the beautiful silk. The craze for it can be seen all around the world and you can also find it here for affordable rates.
Soaps and spa products
Thailand has some of the most beautifully scented spa and soap products in the world. Starting from fruit shaped soaps to coconut lotions, everything can be found here.
Beautiful wooden carvings are another of Bangkok’s specialties. Some of them may be quite heavy to carry however, you can also find some smaller ones to suit your travel. No matter what, if you can imagine it, they will carve it for you.
The collection of home décor items in Bangkok can impress even the unhappiest person. So if you wish to impress someone, definitely choose something wisely.
Traditional Thai clothing
This varies from one city to another however, if you are looking for something to carry the spirit of Thailand, this can be what you want.